News for 3/14/13

Break-Ins

State College police continue to investigate a string of car break-ins in State College. At least seven new break-ins were reported yesterday bringing the total to over 20 since last Saturday.

 At this point, police do not have any suspects in the crimes. They advise all residents to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuable items unattended. 

Adidas.

Penn State has suspended its licensing contract with Adidas, one of several companies that produce Nittany Lion apparel and items. According to the University, the decision to suspend the contract was made in light of the issues raised by the closure of an Indonesian clothing factory and the subsequent failure of an Adidas subcontractor to pay severance owed to laid-off workers under Indonesian law.

The suspension gives Adidas 60 days to compensate the more than 2,600 individuals who worked at the affected factory. If the period expires without resolution, Penn State will terminate the companies’ license to produce PSU merchandise.

Horton

 A Bellefonte Woman who was set to stand trial pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that she stole more then $37,000 from the Philipsburg Osceola wrestling booster club from 2008-10.

 According to the Centre Daily Times, Teresa Horton pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property.  

 According to court documents, sentencing has been scheduled for May 14.

Turnpike.

Eight people, including a former state senator and a former CEO of the toll road were charged yesterday in a pay to play case involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 

Attorney General Katleen Kane said yesterday that former Senator Robert Mellow, former CEO Joseph Brimmeier and six others were involved in a system that resulted in the misuse, misdirection and theft of millions of dollars in public money and forced vendors to kick in campaign contributions if they wanted turnpike jobs. 

Kane said the grand jury found these men were using the Turnpike to line their own pockets and influence elections. 

Corman

 Senator Jake Corman wants to help fight the federal lawsuit by the NCAA who is looking to void a new state law that requires the 60 million dollar fine from the Jerry Sandusky scandal that the organization levied on Penn State to be used exclusively in Pennsylvania.

 Corman asked U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Yvette Kane yesterday for permission to join Governor Corbett and other state officials as a defendant in the case.

 He filed his own lawsuit against the NCAA in January over the use of the Penn State fine money looking to prevent the organization from distributing the money outside of Pennsylvania.  

Prowler

State College police arrested a 62 year old Williamsburg man on Tuesday night after he allegedly assaulted an officer who found the man prowling outside a State College home.

The incident occurred on the 900 block of Mckee Street where police responded to a report of a man engaging in a lewd act outside a residents window. 

Police said Dirk Millmore tried to flee from the officers and attempted to hit one with a wooden plank. 

Millmore was charged with felony aggravated assault and several other misdemeanor counts stemming from the altercation.  

He was placed in Centre Countyjail after failing to post $150,000 bail. 

Corbett

 A Quinnipiac Poll released yesterday indicates that Governor Corbett could face an uphill climb for re-election.

 The poll showed that just 39% of PA voters approve of the job Corbett is doing, while 49% still disapprove.